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Republicans fire 2016 starting gun at Christian college that teaches world is 6,000 years old

Senator Ted Cruz uses Twitter to become the first Republican to declare he is running for President, in a bid to get out in front of a crowded field<p>The first Republican candidate for the 2016 US general election will officially declare his campaign on Monday at an Evangelical university that denies …

Canada's economy in a funk, could actually shrink in first quarter

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Monday, March 23, 2015</i>.<p><b>Economy to take hit</b><br>Analysts are suddenly warning that Canada's economy could contract in the first quarter of the year.<p>That doesn't mean it will, only that it could. And if it does, it probably won't be by much.<p>But if that …

McCain to Obama: 'Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President' and focus on ISIS

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama is letting his personal issues with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affect his decision-making and shared policy goals.<p>“It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem the tide of ISIS and Iranian …

Netanyahu win dashes prospect for a thaw with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive …

A third of Russian diplomats in Sweden are spies, Swedish intelligence says

The spies are highly educated, determined and socially competent, Wilhelm Unge, Saepo’s chief counter-espionage analyst says<p>One third of <b>Russian</b> diplomats stationed at the embassy in Stockholm are spies, <b>Sweden</b>’s intelligence agency Saepo said on Wednesday.<p>“Of the Russian embassy’s diplomatic staff, …

$1 Million Went from Obama Admin to al-Qaida: Former CIA says, ‘It’s Unconscionable!'

March 17, 2015 10:14 am<p>Terrorism<p><b>Staggering amount of evidence reveals terror is U.S. and Saudi creation</b><p>(Infowars) – The U.S. government says it has …

Colleges Across America are Stripping Students of their Freedom of Speech & Due Process!

The First Amendment’s main purpose in terms of free speech is that of protecting unpopular speech. Popular speech needs no such protection. The most …

Iran Resolved to Keep Main Nuclear Capabilities in Any Final Deal

Iran’s nuclear plant at Fordo. (Al-arabiya)<p><i>Iran remains steadfast in its refusal to relinquish its ability to race toward the bomb.</i><p>By: Atara Beck, …

We can’t accept Internet surveillance as the new normal

<i>Mathew Ingram is a technology writer based in Toronto.</i><p>As The Globe and Mail has reported today – based on classified documents obtained from a confidential source – U.S. intelligence officials appear to be mapping the communications traffic of several large Canadian corporations, including Rogers …

Russia puts 40,000 troops on full alert

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered nearly 40,000 troops in northern and western Russia to be put on full alert early Monday as part of …

Chile fire threatens coastal cities, state of emergency declared | DW | 14.03.2015

Authorities ordered the evacuation of some urban areas as fires threatened two of Chile's largest coastal cities, fanned by high winds blowing toward …

US admits it will have to talk with Assad to end Syria war

More than 215,000 people have been killed and half of the country's population displaced, prompting human rights groups to accuse the international community of "failing Syria."<p>Amid the dragging stalemate on the ground, the country has been carved up between government forces, jihadist groups, …

Experts: Russia's withdrawal from the CFE Treaty is a signal to the West - Russia Beyond

Moscow has announced its withdrawal from the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, as of March 11, stating that the agreement had became "pointless from political and practical points of view." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance was disappointed by Russia’s …

Drill spree: NATO tanks arrive for military exercise in Estonia

US Abrams tanks and paratroopers have arrived at a military base in the town of Tapa, Estonia, for upcoming exercises. The alliance continues its …

Making NATO Defunct: EU Military Force intended to Reduce US Influence in Europe? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>An EU military force is being justified as protection from Russia, but it may also be a way of reducing US influence as the EU and Germany come to</i> …

Putin Puts Russia's Northern Fleet on ‘Full Alert’ in Response to NATO Drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as animosity between the Kremlin and …

France, Germany, Italy Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

The three nations said they would join the fledging Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is largely funded by China. But the U.S. sees the new bank as a rival to the World Bank.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>Four key European allies have broken ranks with the U.S. to join a major new …

Here are all the NATO military ships operating on Russia's doorstep

Russia has stepped up its military exercises since the onset of the Ukraine crisis, with a greater number of naval drills and NATO reports of incursions by Russian fighter jets and bombers.<p>It comes as the country's economy continues to suffer under international sanctions imposed by the West over …

Black Sea

What Happens When The World’s Biggest Solar Nation Gets Hit With A Solar Eclipse?

That’s because the country has spent years building up its solar energy capacity, which makes up over a quarter of all solar capacity on the planet. …

Iranians express optimism over nuclear agreement

US acknowledges some progress but says both sides still have a long way to go in eliminating differences in positions.<p>A senior Iranian official has suggested that Iran is nearing a preliminary deal with the US and five world powers that would lead to a breakthrough eluding them for more than a …

Obama Administration

Russia to send new missiles to Baltic exclave on maneuvers

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles in its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as …

U.S. Basically Says Russia Sanctions Will Go On Forever

The U.S. State Department hinted on Monday that sanctions against Russia have no end in sight.<p>A year after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea on March 17, State spokesperson Jen Psaki said there are no plans on lifting the sanctions that began because of the Kremlin land grab.<p>“We …

Basically, the only unusually cold place on Earth last month was the eastern U.S.

February was Earth's second-warmest such month on record, finishing up as the second-warmest winter and warmest 12-month period on record, according …

Global Warming

Israel polls set to open in key election

Opinion polls indicate tight race between PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and centre-left Zionist Union.<p><b>Haifa -</b> Candidates have made their final appeal to the public ahead of Israel's parliamentary elections, with the latest opinion poll putting the ruling Likud party behind the centre-left …

Zionism

“My kids were embarrassed that their dad worked at Target”: My American economy nightmare

<b>(MoreISO via iStock)</b><p>Two years, almost 750 job applications. Not one viable offer. This is what the American Dream has been reduced to<p>Joseph Coleman<p>March 15, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce”<p>Ron Dziuda’s family calls it "the black …

Putin's disappearance could be another genius ploy — here's why that's unlikely

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public since March 5, and the world is waiting to see if the 62-year-old casually returns or if his absence signals something more serious.<p>Russia has been rife with rumors, including that he is dead or on paternity leave, while the government's …